Choosing the Right Yoga Mat

Yoga has become very popular over the years that even celebrities are encouraging their fans to try it. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, David Beckham and Adam Levine are just a few of the many yoga-lovers that believe in the power of yoga. Unlike other intense workouts that get your heart pumping and get you more tense, yoga is a great way to release stress and diminish tension and strain in your body. It is also an ideal way to meditate and connect with one’s body as well as improve your core strength and flexibility. If you are looking to start yoga you will need some basic, yet key, essentials. These items include:

  1. A yoga mat-A mat is used in yoga in order to provide comfort and support to your body and joints.
  2. Yoga blocks-These blocks can be used as rests for your hand and foot when stretching as well as support for your back or other joints.
  3. Yoga bolster-These are essentially yoga pillows that will help support your body and help you relax. These bolsters can also make sure that you stay in your yoga pose for a longer period of time.
  4. Yoga straps-If you are not yet flexible, yoga straps can help you reach your goal by assisting you in your stretches and other poses.

While all of the above are great items to have for beginners, the most important is your yoga mat. With a great yoga mat you will be able to:

  • Support your back
  • Reduce pain in your joints
  • Prevent falls and injury to your body
  • Stay balanced without slipping

The perfect yoga mat should be easy to carry, lightweight and comfortable. When it comes to choosing the right yoga mat, there are numerous of styles and options to choose from. Your mat choice will have to do with your need, preferences and budget. Some basic yoga mats include:

  • PVC Rubber
  • PVC-free yoga Mats
  • Microfiber
  • Eco-friendly TPE material

These are some of the different yoga mats you will find. A great choice is an eco-friendly mat that doesn’t allow moisture or germs to seep into the mat such as the Clever Yoga Premium Mat with ¼” thickness. If you are looking for more back support, a great option would be Reehut ½ inch Extra Thick High Density NBR Yoga mat. NBR mats are made of natural rubber unlike other PVC mats which are not. Also, for beginners, a thicker mat is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga before improving your flexibility and strength.

These are just two of many great yoga mats that are perfect for beginners. When choosing the right yoga mat, make sure that it is easy to clean and carry. You will be perspiration during any yoga or fitness workout and do not want your mat to store those germs. If you can’t afford a mat that’s moisture resistant, add a yoga towel over your mat. This will absorb your sweat and can be easily washed after each use. It will also prolong your yoga mats durability and usage.